Magpie Reserves looking to bounce back to winners list
The Western Magpies Reserves take on the UQ Red Lions in a twilight match this week commencing at 5:15pm at the Nest.
Once again, the team has had significant forced changes, but still looks like a formidable outfit with plenty of senior experience on every line.
Some of the players going out of the side are hard nut back flanker Ricky Dudley and recent senior debutant Luke De Nys who are both unavailable, Charlie Pershouse off to the Lions NEAFL side and Brodie Easton, elevated to the Seniors after consistent reserves form every week, while Rigsby-Jones and Morrison return to Colts football for the weekend.
Into the side are speedster Jake Heard returning from injury, who will add plenty of zip up forward and a good on-ball change if required. The experienced Cory Hopkins also comes in on a flank, Billy Johnson will add some penetrating kicking on the other flank to add great balance to the half forward line.
Spearhead, Matt Hockley has overcome an injury scare to line up in the goalsqaure, and will be looking to return to his dominant 2015 form that saw him kick a few bags when he was up and firing.
Sonny Aneet on a wing will be better for the run after his first game in 2016 last week, and will be looking to show some dash with his unquestionable outside speed.
It's an experienced defence, with Jadan Morton and Sean McEvoy filling the key posts and the experienced Gabe McKinnon setting up play across half back.
With the Western Magpies Reserves sitting 8th on the ladder, just 1 spot above the 9th place UQ - this is an important game, with the Magpies looking to stay in finals contention.
Be sure to hang around after the Seniors to watch the Reserves strut their stuff under lights.
Western Magpies Reserves vs UQ - Sat 21 May @515pm at the Nest
B: Page - McEvoy - Humphrey
HB: McKinnon - Morton - Mazorelle
C: Aneet - Devlyn - Pukallus
HF: Johnson - Walker - Hopkins
F: Hubbard - Hockley - Heard
Foll: Gibb - McClennan - Workman
INT: Hyndman - M.Davis - Burton - Donovan